Species names in all available languages
|English||South African Shelduck|
|English (United States)||South African Shelduck|
|French||Tadorne à tête grise|
|French (French Guiana)||Tadorne à tête grise|
|Lithuanian||Pilkagalvė urvinė antis|
|Spanish (Spain)||Tarro sudafricano|
|Turkish||Gri Başlı Angıt|
This account is part of the 8th edition of Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. This project is a joint collaboration between the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. David G. Allan revised the account. Peter Pyle contributed to the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Peter F. D. Boesman contributed to the Sounds and Vocal Behaviors page. Arnau Bonan Barfull curated the media. Huy C. Truong revised the distribution map. Qwahn Kent copyedited the account. Guy M. Kirwan reviewed the account.
Tadorna cana ("Gmelin, JF", 1789)
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Version: 2.0 — Published February 23, 2023
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About the Author(s)
Born in Nakuru, Kenya, David G. Allan’s family moved to Johannesburg when he was nine years old. His tertiary education began with a BA in law, obtained at Wits in 1981. After working as a nature conservation officer for a year, he switched fields and studied part-time to obtain a first-class Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by an M.Sc on the ecology of large terrestrial birds in the Western Cape from the University of Cape Town in 1994. In 1996, David became the Curator of Ornithology at the Durban Natural Science Museum, a position he held until his retirement in 2021. As a curator, he pursued various research interests, including a long-term study of the birdlife of Durban Bay. David has been the author of several books and has published more than 400 papers on southern African birds, including 200 scientific papers of which about 70 are in peer-reviewed journals. He has also authored species accounts for several bird handbooks, including the two-volume The Atlas of Southern African Birds, Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, and the Handbook of the Birds of the World. In recognition of David’s outstanding lifetime contributions to southern African ornithology, he was awarded the prestigious Gill Memorial Award in 2021, Birdlife South Africa’s highest accolade bestowed on an individual. David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.